Bradley's eye-popping catch helps Sox to 3-0 win, doubleheader split

Pierre Vaugeois
Juillet 17, 2017

With one on, one out and the Red Sox leading the Yankees, 3-0, in the top of the eighth inning at Fenway Park on Sunday, New York rookie Aaron Judge made a bid to make it a one-run game.

It was also 3-0 in the nightcap when Judge, the victor of the All-Star Home Run Derby, came up with a runner on first and launched a high fly ball into the Fenway triangle, just in front of the 420-foot marker.

Judge almost brought NY within a run with his deep fly ball to center in the eighth, but Jackie Bradley Jr. reached up and made a spectacular catch to rob Judge of a two-run homer. Bradley tracked the ball as he approached the triangle in front the 420-foot sign and perfectly timed his jump to make the catch while reaching over the Red Sox bullpen wall, robbing a guaranteed home run.

Masahiro Tanaka (7-9) took the loss after pitching 7 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, seven hits and no walks while striking out nine.

"I just hit it to the wrong part of the park and the wrong center fielder", Judge said.

The Yankees were shut out for the first time this year.

"We had told him yesterday there was a good chance he was going start on Sunday", Joe Girardi said Sunday morning. "Jackie's been making plays like that for a long time".

Betts' two-out homer in the third inning snapped a stretch of 24 consecutive scoreless innings for Boston.

Pedroia made it 3-0 with his RBI single in the sixth.

In the early game, Sabathia (8-3) made his second start since a stint on the disabled list (strained left hamstring).

Judge, who has 30 homers, got an infield single on a dribbler to the pitcher in the seventh, ending a 0-for-15 slide. Aroldis Chapman tossed a one-hit ninth for his ninth save.

In the makeup of an April 25 postponement, the Red Sox hit just four balls out of the infield and extended their scoreless streak to 22 innings. The 2016 AL Cy Young victor leads the major leagues in losses despite making his 17th consecutive start of six innings or more. "He came up big". While a Red Sox fan initially came up with the foul ball, he turned and handed the souvenir to a young Yankees fan.

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